The Six Most Important Aircraft Maintenance Tools

Aircraft maintenance is imperative in ensuring airworthiness and the safety of every passenger, crew member, and piece of cargo. Proper maintenance requires more than just training and experience, it also requires the proper tools. Here are six of the most important tools used in aircraft maintenance.

Speed Handle

Sophisticated aircraft engines can have thousands of screws. Since aircraft mechanics are often inundated with work, they don’t have the luxury of focusing on one aircraft, fixing it, and moving to the next one. Instead, they often must attend to multiple tasks at once. The speed handle, a long screw, allows technicians to quickly remove screws while simultaneously juggling other repairs.

Torque Wrench

In most cases, the screws and fasteners on a helicopter rotor need to be installed with a very specific tightness or torque. Despite this, most wrenches or spanners that work well for tightening nuts and bolts are not as effective for screws. The most trustworthy method of tightening screws is with a calibrated torque wrench. Torque wrenches are manufactured to be set at varying torque amounts, making them very helpful in aircraft maintenance.

Vibration Meter

As you might guess, the vibration meter’s role is to measure the vibration levels in an aircraft. Vibration analysis is important in ensuring the safety of an aircraft during flight. If there is excessive vibration, there is likely a greater issue at hand. Vibration meters measure vibrations in kilograms and denote the maximum vibration a given aircraft can withstand. They help a pilot realize the significance of vibration, allowing them to take the proper precautions to maintain the integrity of the aircraft.


Most aircraft have safety wires to supplement fasteners and ensure that they are working properly and will noy loosen. Pliers are used to hold tie these wires together in strong braids and prevent them from loosening.

Metal Working Tools

All the major components of an aircraft are constructed of metal. Because of this, any significant repair necessitates the use of proper metal working tools. These tools are most commonly used to fasten, bend, and cut metals. Tools you might use on your aircraft include rivet guns and drills, used to hold important structures together.


Very simply, mechanics can’t always easily see critical parts of the aircraft that need to be inspected. Mirrors can give mechanics a line of sight without having to disassemble huge engine components.

Finding the proper tools for your aircraft is a primary concern of any responsible aviator. At ASAP Aviation Unlimited, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the maintenance tools for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at +1-919-348-4040.



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